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Andrea D Kelley, Ph.D.

Andrea  Kelley
  • Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow
  • History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science
  • Sexual and Gender Minority Health Consortium
  • pronouns: they/she


LB 492: Reproductive Health & Justice in the U.S.


My research and teaching interests encompass intersections of health and medicine, gender and sexuality, and justice. Although I build my courses and research projects around sociological theory, I incorporate my educational training and professional experience as a social worker, school sexuality educator, and adolescent reproductive health counselor into my research methods and course construction. Using an intersectional framework I incorporate discussion of racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, classism, and xenophobia throughout my courses, and encourage students to both explore personal biases and understand the effects of social structures that privilege some groups and marginalize others. While I was initially interested in social impacts on health, after spending several years primarily teaching sociology to pre-medical and pre-health students, my lens has shifted to focus on the structure of medicine, specifically medical education.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Delaware
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Delaware
  • MSW, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. Sociology, University of Connecticut


Across my research projects, an overarching goal—particularly as it relates to LGBTQ+ individuals and their families—is to use social scientific data to inform policy and help support programs and practitioners to be more inclusive and affirming. Guided by multidisciplinary queer and feminist methodologies, I engage in rigorous qualitative data collection and analysis to explore the relationships between individuals and cisnormative and heteronormative social structure. Previous projects include: How racism and sexism inform hair loss concealment from trichotillomania; social and environmental impacts on teen sexual decision-making; empathetic self-construction among people with transgender parents. Current projects include: Support networks among people with transgender parents; cisnormativity in medical education.


  • Kelley, Andrea D. 2021. “Cisnormative Empathy: A Critical Examination of Love, Support, and Compassion for Transgender People by Their Loved Ones.” Sociological Inquiry 91(3):625-646.
  • Herrman, Judith, Andrea Kelley, and Katherine Haigh. 2017. “Teen Perceptions of the Promotion of Safe Sexual Practices: A Focus Group Study.” American Journal of Sexuality Education 12(1):83-102.


Curriculum Vitae